1. Don’t Panic!
Many of the symptoms on this list are very common everyday pains and maladies that people without cancer experience. But it is important to be in tune to what your body is telling you, and if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should talk to a doctor as soon as possible. Early detection is important and it could save your life.
Constant fatigue that does not get better with rest can be a sign of cancer. This is a tricky one because a lot of people feel fatigue for completely different reasons. But if you start suddenly feeling tired all the time you should check with your doctor to make sure it isn’t something serious.
5. Unexplained Weight
6. A Nagging Cough
7. Indigestion or Trouble Eating
If you are having trouble eating, swallowing, or digesting your food, you may have cancer of the esophagus, or stomach. But don’t worry too much about this one, most people who experience indigestion do not have cancer.
8. Lumps in the Body
9. Unusual Bleeding
If you start experiencing abnormal bleeding, it could be a symptom of cancer. Coughing up blood can mean lung cancer, blood in the stool can mean colon or rectal cancer, blood in urine can mean bladder cancer, persistant vaginal bleeding can mean cervical cancer, and blood discharge from the nipple can mean breast cancer.
10. Changes in Bladder Function
11. Changes in Bowel Functions
12. Sores That Never Heal
If you have a persistant sore or sores that don’t seem to heal, you should get them checked out by a doctor right away. Sores inside the mouth can be signs of an oral cancer, and sores on the skin can be a sign of skin cancer.
13. Changes on Your Skin
14. White Patches Inside Your Mouth
Smokers and tobacco users should be especially wary of this one: sores inside the mouth or on the tongue that don’t go away can be a sign of leukoplakia, which leads to mouth cancer. Bring these to your doctor’s attention if you catch them.